COVID-19 Protocols Instrumental Ensembles and Studio Classes

General Distancing

  • Social distancing should occur as suggested by the CDC. Currently that distance is a 6x6 foot space around each student with the student sitting in the center.
  • Rehearsals may be offered outdoors at the discretion of the professor.


  • Masks covering both mouth and nose are required for faculty and student.
  • At this time, it appears that if players wear surgical style masks with a slit for mouthpiece AND bell covers, aerosol emission is reduced.
  • Masks may only to be removed when playing their instrument if necessary. In instrument groups where a mask cannot physically be worn while playing, the mask should be removed in a manner that allows the mask to be replaced back on the face quickly and efficiently.
  • Masks should be worn by all faculty and students prior to entering the BAC.
  • No talking should occur in the room without a mask covering mouth and nose.
  • Faculty will keep their voices at a low conversational volume and use an amplification system. Students will ask questions in a low conversational volume with a mask.

Length of Rehearsals

  • All large ensemble rehearsals are schedule within a 75-minute block. Within those rehearsals, ensembles will rehearse for 30 minutes, followed by clearing the room for a minimum of 20 minutes for the HVAC system to change the air indoors with outside air, then returning to the rehearsal room to complete the remainder of the rehearsal.


  • Faculty and students are expected to wash their hands with soap/water or hand sanitizer prior to entering a rehearsal.
  • Faculty and students are responsible for cleaning their individual areas, including music stands, and other surfaces they used in each rehearsal via disinfectant wipes before and after each rehearsal.
  • Faculty and students will maintain daily instrument hygiene. The music department recommends everyone follow the NFHS, NAfME and the NAMM Foundation recommended guidelines.
  • Brass Specific:
    • Practice water key etiquette. Drape water valve and collect condensate in a disposable towel.

Rehearsal Room Set-up

  • Straight lines will be used for all ensembles.
  • Risers will not be used.
  • Students will stand all facing the same direction, back to front. Only cellos, bassoons, and tubas will use chairs.
  • Trombones should have an additional three feet of distancing, making their space 9x6.
  • At the end of rehearsals, individuals will put away their chair and stand after disinfection.
  • The maximum number of people allowed in the rehearsal rooms will be posted as soon as the occupancy rate has been established by the Administration and Physical Plant.

Storage Rooms

  • Storage areas should be managed to limit the number of students at a time in the room. Anyone who enters the room should bring a 70% alcohol wipe to wipe all surfaces before and after touching. The wipe should be discarded properly upon leaving the storage area.